We have bad news. You can read about it in the Advocate, the major newspaper in Louisiana’s capitol city of Baton Rouge.
Their story is titled: Senate panel refuses rollback of evolution law The headline pretty much tells the tale. Here are some excerpts:
A state Senate committee Thursday afternoon rejected a bill that would repeal a 2008 law that critics say could change the way evolution is taught in public school classrooms. The measure, Senate Bill 70, failed in the Senate Education Committee. The vote was one for the repeal and five opposed after nearly two hours of discussion.
State Sen. Karen Peterson, D-New Orleans and sponsor of the bill, said the law allows the replacement of accepted scientific theories “with fiction and conjecture” and hurts Louisiana’s academic and business reputation. “It is fundamentally embarrassing to have the law on the books,” Peterson told the committee in closing comments just before the vote.
The lone “yes” vote for the repeal bill was state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge. Those voting “no” were state Sens. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa and chairman of the committee; Conrad Appel, R-Metairie; Julie Quinn, R-Metairie; Jack Dona-hue, R-Mandeville and Gerald Long, R-Winnfield. The bill was then shelved without objection.
That’s the way it goes. For background on all of this, see: 41 Nobel Laureates for Repeal. But who cares about Nobel Prize winners? Teach the controversy!
Louisiana retains its standing as the most ignorantly-governed state in the US.
To the supporters of the repeal bill, especially Zack Kopplin, we say it was a good cause and you gave it a good try. But there’s a lesson to be learned here: Politicians don’t know and don’t care about science; they’re motivated only by votes and money. Always remember: Don’t bring a slide rule to a knife fight.
Update: See Discovery Institute: Ecstasy Over Louisiana #2.
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